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The Blackstone, Chicago

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Photo: Courtesy of The Blackstone Hotel

636 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60605, United States
TEL: (312) 447-0955
TEL: (800) 468-3571

Situated on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, this Neoclassical Beaux-Arts building houses 332 old-meets-new rooms dotted with works by local artists. The Blackstone has earned a rarefied place in American politics: it's dubbed the "Hotel of Presidents"—everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to JFK has slept here—and a hotel meeting room was once a Prohibition-era barbershop where Al Capone stashed his alcohol (he came in for weekly haircuts). It even houses the original Smoke-Filled Room, a luxe three-room suite where Warren G. Harding was nominated for president in 1920.

Room to Book:

The contemporary-style Heaven Suite—with 20-foot ceilings on the top floor—offers superlative views of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago skyline.

Insider Tip:

Make time for tapas and mod Catalan dishes such as black-rice paella from James Beard Award–winning Iron Chef Jose Garces, who helms the on-site restaurant.

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